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"Have to say we are pleased with the result. After walking in Atlantic Beach and seeing their signs on a number of nice houses we thought it was worth seeing what" was up. I had had previous less than great experiences with their competitors so I was thinking of looking at something different. This company is all about service and putting the infrastructure in place for the long haul. We ended up with a hybrid system with a monitored alarm, fire, and panic. They use a z-wave compatible controller and while offering to do the home automation for me were very OK with me doing that part myself. In summary, tech who came and set it up was prompt, courteous, and did a great job. The rep who sold it was onsite at completion to make sure everything was 100%. They were very receptive to allowing me to do the z-wave non-alarm things myself. And most importantly, the monthly monitoring is less than $40/month which is competitive Highly recommended!

-Stuart A.

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was prompt and thorough. His expertise was obvious. We have not had a home security system, so we needed a basic education about the components," etc. He explained things to us carefully and patiently. Several providers contacted us or came to our door after we moved in.
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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.

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You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.

 

 

 

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

Home Security System reviews in Littleton

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The services went well. The man checked and checked until he found the issue. An animal had chewed through a wire. He fixed that and asked all my questions and my husbands questions. We were not charged because we are planning on doing other services with them. I have called different times and received good help. I have had a good experience with them. Their prices are good. They have helped if ever I had a need. They are quick and responsive. I have been please. The price has not changed in many years and they are willing to work with us for new services. They are a good company. I am am very pleased.
- Thomas F.
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How'd it go? AMAZING. That's the only word I could think of. In a day and age where trusting contractors gets harder and harder giving the work that I needed to be done to Lynx seemed like a no brainier. To begin, The price was amazing. They showed up on time or earlier on every occasion, that was amazing. The neatness and precision of their work is amazing.
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, the owner even went above and beyond at one point answering multiple questions about something not even pertaining to the work they were performing. I would recommend Lynx to anyone in need of a home security system or a home theater. The question isn't "would I use them again"? The question is WHEN? Thank you
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- Daniel R.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE this system. Very well researched obviously. Excellent quality and service. Easy to install. I have set off alarm by accident several times and they instantly call to check on us. If they can not reach us, they call authorities. They also send text messages each time alarm is turned on or off,. Very professional employees.
- james K.
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This was a great experience.
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helped me design a great system and it shipped very quickly. When it arrived I was out of town and did not activate right away. I received a friendly reminder and was asked if I needed help with my new system. I was able to get everything installed in about 45 minutes. It was very
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to do myself as the instructions provided were very clear. Once I completed the install I called for activation and it was flawless. The operator was great and got my system online in minutes. I downloaded the APP and it works great. I would highly recommend this system. The customer service is superior to all that I spoke with on my
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for the best security system for my family.
- Michael L.
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checked all our smoke detectors in our house, cleaned them and replaced the batteries. He found a wiring error that probably was there from the beginning and corrected it. Very knowledgeable and great working with him, would definitively recommend him.
- ANDREAS W.
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Buyer beware. Shady organization and terrible customer service. Be careful as they do not tell about along term contract, just monthly rate. We had a short term purpose and knowing this, they conveniently did not mention things. Yes, we initialed without reading fine print -our bad. When we tried to talk to someone to discuss, the very rude, unprofessional, stonewalling anti customer service representative would not let us talk to anyone but her. Never did receive that service agreement in the mail upon request. After 5 days, total rudeness and a company who refuses to have to talk to anyone , I lost it and I was rude back with the lady with severe attitude issues. I decided to file a compliant. So if they respond to this, don't be fooled. We went thru a week of rude, flippant, in your face responses. Take your business elsewhere. So my bad about lower myself to this lady's level in my parting remarks (errrr) . This company has no customer service, you cannot talk to anyone and basically they take your money and run. Read contract fine print, get a copy, watch automatic renewals because this is the only company in 30 years we have had dealings with that there was no prorated service.
We owned our equipment it was a matter of one service call and we were charged 3 years when we only needed 3 months of monthly monitoring. We asked the tech about that, we trusted him, signed by his explanation and where he said to initial and he knew the intent. When we asked to speak to management to have a professional conversation and inquire on their policies, we were refused. The lady who is the phone gatekeeper deflected all calls. We filed a complaint with the better business bureau. Customer service and blatant take your money and run mentality with no investment is keeping customers either. It must run through the management if not one person was willing to answer our questions. We were not trying to get something for free and we realized there was a contract. Again, there are better places to get an alarm service than this. There was no customer service because they refused to talk to the customer. Do you really want to give your business to that type of business?

- Ann M.
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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to receive consistent service with this security system provider. It may not have had anything to do with the company at all, so a rating from me wouldn't be appropriate.
- Cherie M.
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I am very concerned about the integrity of this company. I contacted the company to upgrade my services and asked questions along the way as to my cost. I wanted to make sure that the upgrade was going to be cost effective for me. The salesperson or customer service person I spoke with told me the cost would be as follows:
1) Cost of the equipment to upgrade. I asked what that might be. She said I would probably need a piece that would cost about $129 but it might be more depending on what the system had persently. She stated the technician would inform me along the way as to what the costs might be.
2) Service call fee of $85. I questioned this as I was a current customer wanting to uograde my system which meant an increase in my bill and she stated this was standard and I understood.
3) I scheduled the upgrade at that point. Technician arrived at 10:30 (ahead of scheduled time). He began the work. He informed me I did need a particular part which I assumed was the part the sales person shared I might need. I asked what the cost was. The technician called the office and was informed the cost was over $100 what I had been quoted. He shared what I had been quoted($129) and that price was honored since the person who gave me the details was no longer with the company. He then installed that piece and came back later to tell me I needed an additional piece of equipment that would help connect my phone to the system. I inquired as to that price and he called the office again. A price of $125 was given and I approved that as well. This was installed and then he spent time programming the system. I would like to note that the technician was always very professional, however, he did call the office several times asking questions during the installation. He was at my house for 6 hours and 45 minutes, which I felt was a long period of time. I called another company to see what the avg time would be to install what I described was performed and they said betwen 2-3 hours.
As a result of what had been performed and the amount of what I was quoted, I was expecting a bill of about $350. When I received the bill, the total was for $811. I was floored! I was charged $472.16 in labor. 6.75 hours at 69.95/hour in ADDITION to service call and materials.
I felt I have been misled. I was never told about any labor fees. On the service ticket, under service charges is the $254 for materials. There is a spot for "labor" which was not filled in or said would be calculated later. I signed this service ticket on an iPad type device. I would NEVER have had my service upgraded if it was going to cost me $811.
I contacted customer service and the person I have dealt with has been very professional and trying to help. She went to management and came back with a fee she said they were willing to negotiate. I was traveling in a car and did not write that down but told her at that time I was not satsfied with that. (It was about $170 off the $470 labor). She said she would tell the managerment my thoughts. I asked to speak with her boss or someone in management and she said that was not possible as she was the contact person and she would be scheduling a meeting with a person who was authorized to make those decisions. I had not heard back in a few weeks and followed up today3/17/15. I was told the $811 stands. I was told the company cannot take that kind of loss on labor.
This is unaceptable as I was felt I was misled. I am presently contacting the Better Business Bureau and possibly the Attorney General's office if this is not resolved.

- Mary T.

Home Security Companies in Littleton, CO

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2 BROTHER'S ELECTRIC

1542 denison cir
Longmont

5250 Performance

3987 S Valley Dr
Longmont

A Proud Handyman

Highlands Ranch

A-1 Security

2795 S Shoshone Street
Englewood

A1 Electric Inc

800 E 112th Pl
Denver

ABSOLUTE FIRE & SAFETY INC

1501 W Campus Dr
Littleton

Acoustical Home Solutions

2146 Savage Rd
Elizabeth

Adt

12774 Colorado Blvd
Thornton

Adt

1235 Elati St
Denver

ADT AUTHORIZED DEALER ALARM

6229 S SANTA FE DR
Littleton

ADT Security

9140 W. 100th Ave, BLDG 1
Westminster

ADT Thornton

9790 Washington St
Denver

Advanced Security&Consulting

8901 Grant St
Denver

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

ALARM ALERT

6229 S SANTA FE DR
Littleton

Alarm One

11757 West Ken Caryl Ave Unit F-420
Littleton

ALARMSPECIALISTS INC

9457 S UNIVERSITY BLVD
Littleton

ALL SECURE LOCK & SECURITY

12371 W 64th Ave.
Arvada

Always Best Choice Electrical

11603 Teller St
Broomfield

Amazing Satellite

2133 s bellaire Ste 9
Denver

American Burglary Protection, LLC

3415 Van Teylingen Dr
Colorado Springs

Amp Alarms

6451 Quaker Ct
Arvada

Anchor Installations LLC

6712 Elmwood Ave

Array Lock and Key

PO Box 563
Lafayette

AUTO RECOVERY BUREAU

PO BOX 2712
Littleton

AV Technologies Group

9680 W Jewell Pl
Denver

Barzelatto Group

13103 Trenton Pl
Thornton

Best Medical Alert LLC

8310 Allison Pointe Blvd

Brickhouse Security

980 Avenue of the Americas

BRINK'S HOME SECURITY

9520 E JEWELL AVE
Denver

BUFFALO LOCK & KEY INC

2510 Baseline Rd
Boulder

Code 3 Protection & Security

3770 Wheeling St. #8
Denver

Colorado Security Services.org

8139 City View Drive
Denver

COMPLETE FIRE PROTECTION INC

2111 S JASON ST
Denver

COVERT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

6210 RED CANYON DR
Littleton

Custom Fit LLC

PO Box 39075
Denver

D-Lux Home Systems

7942 Fenton St.
Arvada

Double A Security

1595 Harlan St
Lakewood

EBOXLAB

12515 E Wesley Ave
Aurora

EDELMAN CORP

10720 BRADFORD RD
Littleton

EDIS

14607 E Temple Place
Aurora

Elite Electronics

PO Box 33357
Denver

EXPERIENCE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS

7338 S ALTON WAY
Englewood

Exzact Technologies

PO Box 351440
Westminster

Foreign Automotive Specialists Team

6900 West 117th Ave.
Broomfield

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd

GW Design, LLC

12050 W. Carolina Dr.
Denver

Handyman Matters Centennial

4901 E. Dry Creek Rd.
Littleton

Hear No Evil Home Entertainment

10855 Dover St.
Broomfield

HERITAGE SECURITY

6823 S MILLER ST
Littleton

HOME SECURITY CENTERS

9940 E COSTILLA AVE
Englewood

Homeplicity

12165 Milam Rd
Colorado Springs

ICS Corp

5277 Manhattan Circle, Suite 250
Boulder

IDEAL SECURITY

7894 WYANDOT ST
Denver

Interop Security & Technology, Inc.

68 Inverness Lane E. Suite 103
Englewood

Interwest Security Systems, inc

7568 S Crocker Ct
Littleton

Intron Systems, LLC

10955 Westmoor Dr., Ste 400
Westminster

JUST IN CASE SECURITY LLC

5814 S MILLER CT
Littleton

KING SYSTEMS

11495 W 8TH AVE
Denver

KO Security Solutions LLC

357 Mountain View Ave
Longmont

LifeWatch USA

266 Merrick Rd

Link Interactive

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

Lynx Video Security, Inc

PO Box 4423
Parker

M R Solutions Inc

1805 E 58th Ave
Denver

Man Cave Detail

14200 E. Otero Ave.
Englewood

MARCO INC

320 COMMERCE DR

Master Security Center

45 Kalamath St
Denver

Mathias Lock and Key, Inc

1123 Delaware St
Denver

MATRIX TECHNOLOGIES

321 W 11TH AVE
Denver

Medical Care Alert

43334 W. Seven Mile Road

Meyer Wire

2818 W Centennial Dr
Littleton

Mister Sparky

2555 South Santa Fe Unit J
Denver

Mountain Alarm

8392 S Continental Divide Rd Ste 101
Littleton

Mr. Rekey Locksmith of Austin

1421 Wells Branch Parkway

Nationwide Security

3190 S Vaughn Way Ste 160
Aurora

Next Step Communications, LLC

17697 Margil Rd
Mead

NextAlarm

3330 Cumberland Blvd

PapasArms.com

833 Bross St
Longmont

PASTIME SECURITY SYSTEMS

2616 W ALAMO AVE
Littleton

PC ANSWERS

1224B W. Littleton Blvd
Littleton

Pda Inc

1600 West MIneral Ave

Phazed Electric

9232 Clay St.
Denver

Platinum Fire Protection, Inc.

4860 Ironton St unit F
Denver

Prime Enterprises

PO Box 3082
Englewood

Protect Colorado, LLC

6321 Noble St
Greeley

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

Reliable Home Security

747 Sheridan Blvd
Denver

Rocky Mountain Alarm Inc.

8392 S Continental Divide Rd Ste 101
Littleton

S.W.A.T. Audio & Video

590 HWY 105
Monument

SABER SECURITY

3570 E 12th Ave
Denver

SAFENET INC

13935 W CENTER DR
Denver

Secure All Solutions, LLC

96 Inverness Dr E Ste J
Englewood

SECURITY CENTRAL INC

7100 S CLINTON ST
Englewood

SECURITY NATIONAL PRINCIPAL

6588 W OTTAWA AVE
Littleton

Security One Inc

PO Box 39512

Security Solutions of Colorado

2727 Bryant St
Denver

SECURITY STORE

8156 S WADSWORTH BLVD
Littleton

Security Surveillance System

2620 S. Parker Road
Aurora

Self Defense Products

1820 Pecos Way
Denver

SimpliSafe Home Security

294 Washington St

SINGLETRACK ELECTRIC

2204 ZANG ST
Golden

Smart Technology

1827 S Acoma St

Smart Wired, Inc

600 17th St
Denver

SOFTWARE SECURITY SOLUTIONS

PO Box 100
Del Norte

SOS Family Secure, Inc.

121 East Northport Road

SPECIALIZED ELECTRIC CO

13301 W. 43RD DR.
Golden

Takoda Technologies

3531 So. Jason St. D-147
Englewood

Tech Dwellings

3457 Ringsby Ct #202
Denver

Tech Wired

Northglenn

The Alarm Man Inc

10075 Park Meadows Dr
Lone Tree

The Audio Video Specialists

7771 Halleys Dr
Littleton

The Fix It Machine LLC

3355 Hudson St
Denver

THE HANDYMEN

2164 S YATES ST
Denver

The WireNut

6395 E Platte Ave
Colorado Springs

Twin City Security Denver

1660 South Albion St. Suite 400
Denver

United Security Systems

7808 CHERRY CREEK S DR
Denver

United Surveillance

12650 W 64th Ave
Arvada

VOICE COMM

1582 S PARKER RD
Denver

Walsh Electric

5700 General Washington Dr Ste G

Wolfe Security Systems LLC

9975 Wadsworth Pkwy
Broomfield

Xtreme Low Voltage

17001 E. 107th Ave.

Your ADT Guy

1955 Ulster ST
Denver

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